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1886 United Kingdom Silver Penny

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 Posted 07/03/2020  6:58 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Ariette to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This came in today. It's amazing how tiny it is, and how they were able to put so much detail on such a tiny piece back in 1886.

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 Posted 07/03/2020  9:48 pm  Show Profile   Check Lancek's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Lancek to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
25 cent melt on a .925 coin, that must be tiny. Cool!
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 Posted 07/04/2020  12:30 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The detail was easy to produce, because at the time this coin was minted,
The Royal Mint was using pantographic reduction machines to engrave the master dies for the much smaller Maundy issues.

At most, only a few thousand of each value and date were coined for personal presentation to the poor
by the Monarch, or her Royal representative, the Royal Almoner, on Maundy Thursday each year.

Due to their relative scarcity and Biblical and Royal importance, these coins can have a value of at least a few Pounds or so, even in this grade. Very few of them found their way back to be melting pot, because of their keepsake value.

Like the U.S. Three Cent silvers and half dimes,
these coins are very often found holed, and then they are only worth silver value.
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 Posted 07/04/2020  04:00 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Princetane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Beautiful pieces and strictly ceremonial.

They did enter circulation at times like yours. Here's mine, 30 years older but virtually the same thing.

The number issued was a few thousand sets per year, but an interesting way how Maundy took place was done each year.

(Please ignore if you know).

Each year around Easter the ruling sovereign would distribute purses full of Maundy coins to needy pensioners. The number distributed depended on the age of the sovereign.

In 1886, the Queen was 67 years old, but it was before her birthday in May, so it may have been 66 - meaning she would give 66 pensioners a purse of 66 silver pence, made up of the coins 4, 3, 2, and 1 penny.

In 1857, my coin it was only 37 pence to 37 pensioners!

The ritual goes back to the middle ages, but the earliest proper Maundy coins are from Charles II (1660s) and not every year saw them until the time of Victoria.

This year the Queen would have distributed 93 or 94 pence to the same number of pensioners, the most ever.

The coins were sterling silver until 1920, then 50% until 1946. Surprisingly with cupronickel in 1947 they went back to sterling silver maundy coins and it remains today even in this decimal age!

Loving Halfcrowns. British and Commonwealth coins 1750 - 1950 and anything Kiwi.
If it's round, shiny and silvery I will love it.
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